I live in the U.S.A., where we may board a regular commercial passenger flight only with the approval of the T.S.A. Passengers are supposed to bring proof of identity with us, and present it when trying to make our way through the airport and onto a plane. Normally, people use a passport or an identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The T.S.A. says on their website that someone without normal proof of identity can still fly if the T.S.A. can confirm his identity.

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I want to fly, but I don't have the normal proof of identity. And somehow (because of the coronavirus and the maze of rules and the timing of things) I won't have the normal proof of identity in time for the trip I'm hoping to take.

Is there any way that I can check, before buying an airline ticket, that the T.S.A. will be able to confirm my identity?

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    What evidence of identity will you have? Commented Sep 24, 2020 at 17:07
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    notice that the wording on the website implies that you have a drivers license or passport, but it just isn't with you right now. This is not the same as not having them. Commented Sep 24, 2020 at 17:38
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    Have you seen this TSA web page. It goes into more detail and has a short video: tsa.gov/blog/2018/08/02/…
    – mkennedy
    Commented Sep 24, 2020 at 19:17
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    One secondary form of ID is credit cards. Do you have one? I believe one way of checking identity is to verify information retrieved from one or more credit bureaus. This is what happened when my wife, whose driver's license is foreign, forgot her passport for a domestic flight. I don't remember her filling out a form, but otherwise @mkennedy's comment agrees with her experience. In her case, though, she did have her wallet, including credit cards and her work ID, which they gave little weight to, but they didn't dismiss it outright as they did her foreign driver's license.
    – phoog
    Commented Sep 26, 2020 at 18:26
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    If you don't drive, it's usually possible to get a non-driver identification card from the state you live in, for a small fee. I'm not sure where you get one, but it wouldn't surprise me if driver's license offices can also issue non-driver ID cards.
    – Kyralessa
    Commented Aug 24, 2021 at 8:29

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I had the same issue a few years ago. While there no way to confirm you'll be able to pass the verification process, it is unlikely you will fail. In my case, I was asked questions like "what street in closest to where you live?", and they gave me 4 options to choose from.

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